Oct. 30, 1938: ‘War of the Worlds’ Induces Panic —

Oct. 30, 2008, marked the 70th anniversary of Orson Welles’ legendary radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds,” which sparked a nationwide panic, causing many Americans to believe an actual Martian invasion was under way.

Directed and narrated by Welles, the hour-long broadcast aired Oct. 30, 1938, as a Halloween-themed episode of CBS’ radio series, Mercury Theatre on the Air.

The performance was an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds, and was delivered in such a ways as to simulate a live news report of a Martian invasion.

Wikipedia has an article about the broadcast and historians’ differing views of the reaction to it:

The the full, original broadcast is available online.

Via Oct. 30, 1938: ‘War of the Worlds’ Induces Panic | Underwire |

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